Diagnosing Dry Eye
Dry eyes can be diagnosed through a comprehensive eye examination. With the information obtained from testing, you and your doctor can determine if you have dry eyes and advise you on treatment options.
TearLab Osmolarity System
This quantitative test is usually the first step our doctors take in diagnosing and managing dry eye. We sample a small volume of tears to gauge the severity of your dry eye and also use this test to track your improvement with treatment over time.
Meibomian Gland Imaging
Utilizing the Meibography and the slit lamp exam, doctors are able to view structural elements of your Meibography glands that determine the root cause of your dry eye. Additionally, the doctor is able to determine how longstanding the condition is based on blockage of Meibomian glands which occurs over time.
ILUX – The iLux device allows an eye care professional to view the eyelid margin through the magnifier, then warm the eyelid tissue within a therapeutic target range to melt the meibum blocking the orifices, and then apply compression to the eyelid to express the melted meibum through the orifices. iLux can treat both upper and lower eyelids.
BLEPHEX – A procedure for the treatment of Blepharitis, a disease caused by an overgrowth of bacteria that results in a crusty buildup along the eyelid and base of the eyelashes
RELIEF MASKS – Compress opens oil glands and allows natural oils to flow back into the eye to relieve discomfort
DROPS AND ARTIFICIAL TEARS – Stabilize the tear film and protect against moisture loss
OINTMENTS – Keep eyes lubricated and provide relief of dry eye or corneal edema
CLEANSERS AND SPRAYS – Cleanse and remove contaminants, oil and debris associated with dry eye.
TEAR DUCT PLUG – Small device inserted into the tear duct to block the duct from drainage.
Self Care & Lifestyle Changes
If you experience dry eyes, pay attention to the situations that are most likely to cause your symptoms. Then find ways to avoid those situations in order to prevent your dry eyes symptoms. Here are a few examples:
Avoid places with a lot of air movement. This means limiting your exposure to fans and hair dryers, and by wearing wraparound sunglasses when outside on windy days to protect your eyes from drying out.
Use a humidifier in the wintertime. Home heating systems can cause the air in your home to dry out, and dry out your eyes. But using a humidifier can help the air stay moist. If you don’t have a humidifier, you can put a pan of water on your radiator to add water into the air.
Rest your eyes. Frequent reading, TV watching, and computer use can dry out your eyes, so it’s important to take breaks so your eyes can regain some of their moisture.
Stop smoking and avoid cigarette smoke. Cigarette smoke can irritate dry eyes and increase one’s risk of developing dry eyes in the first place.
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